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A bit of a rude awakening

Woman wakes to find python in Kensington bed
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Image captionThe royal python was located the following evening in a corridor by the RSPCA
A woman got the "fright of her life" when she woke to find she was sharing her bed with a 3ft (90cm) long snake.

The royal python, which is thought to be an escaped pet, had curled up next to her as she slept in her flat in Kensington, west London, on Monday.

The woman rushed out of her room and called the RSPCA but the snake slithered away before they arrived.

The harmless reptile was finally captured in the flat on Tuesday evening by officer Jill Sanders.

She said: "The poor resident must have had the fright of their life waking up to a snake in their bed."

The RSPCA said it did not know how it got into the flat but believe it belongs to someone living nearby.

"Reptiles, particularly snakes, can be extremely good escape artists and will take the opportunity of a gap in an enclosure door, or a loose-fitting lid," Ms Sanders added.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44993331
 

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"She thought it was a snake,
So she hit it with a rake . . ."

Mind you, that one turned out to be a willie. Women can get confused it seems. :buck:
 

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Reminds me of the briefly prevalent urban myth when a flatsitter sharing the place with their friend's pet snake woke up to find it lying in bed with her, and was told subsequently it was measuring her to eat later.
 

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Reminds me of the briefly prevalent urban myth when a flatsitter sharing the place with their friend's pet snake woke up to find it lying in bed with her, and was told subsequently it was measuring her to eat later.
I still hear it fairly often tbh. But that might be a consequence of my hobby. I just show people who mention it photos of snakes that have literally burst from trying to eat waaaaaaay too big prey because just trying to dissuade them from that with talking never seems to work
 

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Boa constrictor on the loose in Lincolnshire
Police have warned people not to approach the snake, which escaped from its owner’s home in Boston
Press Association
Thu 29 Nov 2018 06.27 GMT

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Boa constrictors (stock image) are not venomous but attack prey with their teeth and constrict until it dies. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

A boa constrictor has been reported missing from a house in Lincolnshire.
Police have warned the public not to approach the snake, which has a white tail and grey, black and brown spots.
etc
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/29/boa-constrictor-on-the-loose-in-lincolnshire
 

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The only animal whose Latin name and common English name are the same, doncha know...
 

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The only animal whose Latin name and common English name are the same, doncha know...
The only ones I can think of that come close are Tautonyms too: Gorilla, Bison and Chinchilla
 

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Strewth!

The warm, dry weather in south-east Queensland is forcing snakes into unusual places as they look for water.

Snake Catcher Noosa's Luke Huntley had to rescue a carpet python from a shower in a Noosa home at the start of the Australia Day long weekend. The incident came just three days after Canberra's Helen Richards was bitten on the bottom by a python which had coiled up inside the toilet of a Brisbane home she was visiting.

Mr Huntley said snakes were desperately looking for water, and to escape the heat, as the south-east continued to wither in the hot, parched conditions. "It is so dry at the moment, they are not only trying to get in out of the heat, they are looking for water," he said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-28/first-the-loo-now-a-shower-dry-weather-forces-snakes/10755922

 

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Must be a good year for snakes, 2 dogs have already been bitten in the Lake District
which is a bloody pailful place to be bitten I would expect, If you dog happens to be bitten
if you can carry it to the car and get it to a vet, some vets in the Lakes carry anti venom.
 

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Must be a good year for snakes, 2 dogs have already been bitten in the Lake District
which is a bloody pailful place to be bitten I would expect, If you dog happens to be bitten
if you can carry it to the car and get it to a vet, some vets in the Lakes carry anti venom.
The trouble is with dogs is they'll go often after the snake stating the possible unfortunate confrontation. I've seen dogs that have attacked eat bees, scorpions and porcupines. I believe it's highly instinctual behavior.
 

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Probably escaped from the kitchen.

A 12-inch (30cm) snake has been found "abandoned" at a McDonald's branch on Teesside.

The reptile was discovered in a closed plastic tub at 23:00 BST on Saturday by a staff member at Middlesbrough's Cambridge Road restaurant. The worker took it home until an RSPCA inspector was sent out.

The charity's Shane Lynn, who collected the corn snake, warned of a continuing problem with exotic pets being dumped by their owners. It is believed the snake was about three weeks old.

"A kind member of staff took him home until I was able to get to them," Mr Lynn said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-48936618
 

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And now a snake in a kitchen drawer.

A woman was left "terrified" when she opened a kitchen draw to find a large corn snake inside.

The police and RSPCA were called to the home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on Sunday. The animal - believed to be someone's pet - was taken away to be looked after by specialists and will be re-homed if its owner cannot be found. The animal charity said corn snakes were "talented escape artists" but harmless.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-48963485
 

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Interesting job: snake whisperer.

A snake, trapped on a city street, was rescued by a "snake whisperer" who stroked it under the chin".

The 1.5m-long boa constrictor was spotted at the entrance to a basement in Wellington Street, Gloucester, at about 14:00 BST.

It was reported to Gloucestershire Police, who called in city protection officer (CPO) Paul Cook.

He said the animal was frightened, and by stroking its "chin and belly" it relaxed, allowing it to be freed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-49816684
 

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Interesting job: snake whisperer.

A snake, trapped on a city street, was rescued by a "snake whisperer" who stroked it under the chin".

The 1.5m-long boa constrictor was spotted at the entrance to a basement in Wellington Street, Gloucester, at about 14:00 BST.

It was reported to Gloucestershire Police, who called in city protection officer (CPO) Paul Cook.

He said the animal was frightened, and by stroking its "chin and belly" it relaxed, allowing it to be freed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-49816684
S'true.

Stroke a Lizard under the chin and it calms right down - except for those big, sea going bastards up north.
 

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I would like to see you try that with a Komodo dragon

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/mar/24/man-mauled-death-komodo-dragon

Or as Sharon Stone's husband found out, when the bloody thing is trying to eat your foot then tickling it under the chin is probably the last thing on your mind...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2001/jun/11/news4
Yeah Nah XBergMann, I'll pass mate - reckon I'll put Komodo's in the same category as those other bastards - also from the North.

Perenti are big enough though. Beautiful animals.

 

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The snake in this photo is alive. It's a victim of "snake fungal disease" (SFD), which seems to be spreading.

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This Fungus Makes Snakes Look Like Mummies. It Just Turned Up in California.

A newly emerging disease infects snakes and causes their skin to crust, eyes to cloud and faces to swell — and now, a stricken serpent has been spotted in California.

This is the first case of "snake fungal disease" seen in the state, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The infected California kingsnake was found in the Sierra Nevada in Amador County by a member of the public who brought the "emaciated and suffering" animal to a wildlife care center. Tattered skin clung to the animal's warped face, making the cloudy-eyed snake look more like a mummy than a living creature.

As of yet, officials don't know how the disease might impact snake populations in California. Right now, their top priority is to make sure humans don't spread the fungus to snakes across the state.

There's no danger of humans catching the disfiguring snake disease, though. "There is no evidence that SFD is transmittable from snakes to humans," the report added. ...

Scientists first characterized snake fungal disease in 2008 and learned that a fungus called Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola causes the infection, according to CDFW. Since then, researchers have found the infectious organism in 30 snake species in the U.S. and Europe, 23 U.S. states and one Canadian province. Snakes can pick up the fungus through abrasions in their skin or physical contact with infected snakes. A severe infection causes the skin to become bumpy and molt repeatedly, while the affected snake's face may become too disfigured for the animal to feed properly. The weakened snakes tend to rest in open areas, vulnerable to the elements and nearby predators. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/snake-fungal-disease-in-california.html
 

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Both Varanidae, both venomous.
I don't know about the Komodo, but the Perentie's mouth is bacteria laden due to it's consumption of carrion.

As kids, we believed that any bite from a Goanna would fester and erupt every year on the anniversary of the bite. Also, that if you stood still, a Goanna would run up and climb a person if there wasn't a tree handy.

Their claws are things of nightmares.
 

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A fatal encounter.

A man has died in Tasmania after being bitten several times by a tiger snake.

Winston Fish, 79, was bitten “at least five times on his leg and on his hand” while mustering sheep on his farm at Oatlands, north of Hobart, his brother, Brian Fish, told the ABC. A friend went to look for Fish when he was late coming home and found him with the reptile still wound around his arm.

“The only thing we can surmise is that he fell on the snake and got tangled up from that,” his brother said. “But there was no one there who can tell us what happened. Once [his friend] got the snake off [him] the doctor was there,” his brother said, but there was “no antivenom at the hospital in Oatlands”.

Paramedics tried to treat Fish at the scene before flying him to Royal Hobart hospital by helicopter. He remained in hospital for two days before passing away on Thursday.

“It’s something you see in a horror movie,” his brother said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/31/tasmanian-sheep-farmer-dies-after-being-bitten-by-tiger-snake
 

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Pillow Pythons.

Thirteen snakes have been dumped inside a pillowcase featuring Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear.

A member of the public spotted movement and opened it to reveal the royal pythons, the RSPCA said.They had been dumped next to a bin behind Farringdon Fire Station in Sunderland on Thursday night. One of the snakes later died. The others are being cared for by a vet and will be moved to a reptile facility later.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "It's quite unusual for someone to have this many pythons and to abandon them in what appears to be a child's pillowcase."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51515104
 

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Sociable snakes.

Snakes should be good at social distancing, at least according to what we know about reptiles:

Most are solitary creatures that come together to mate and hibernate, but not much else. Not so garter snakes, the harmless serpents that live throughout North America and part of Central America. Researchers have discovered that garter snakes not only prefer to hang out together, but also seem to have “friends” with whom they spend much of their time.

“Snakes are really difficult to study due to their secretive nature,” says University of Witwatersrand herpetologist Graham Alexander, who was not involved with the research. This new study and others, he adds, are lifting that veil of secrecy and “revealing snakes to be cognitive beings.”

To learn how socializing affects individual animals, comparative psychologist Noam Miller and his graduate student Morgan Skinner at Wilfrid Laurier University have started to study a wide range of species, figuring that different animals may have different ways of interacting in groups. Because few researchers had looked at snakes, Skinner decided to test 40 young eastern garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) to assess their personalities and social preferences.

He placed sets of 10 snakes, each with a colored dot on its head, in a walled enclosure less than 1 meter per side. A camera kept track of the snakes’ movements. Twice a day, Skinner photographed the snakes’ groupings, removed the reptiles, cleaned the enclosure to erase any odors, and put the snakes back in different positions. The cameras then tracked whether the same groups re-formed.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/202...ly-social-forming-friendships-fellow-serpents
 
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